Our Stories: Homophobia in CPCs

A Handmaid wrote this story of an awful experience at a crisis pregnancy center in central Texas:

“Four years ago I found out I was pregnant. My husband (who is trans) had not started his transition at the time so his feminine features were still clear. I had went to a pregnancy resource center with my first daughter and it just seemed like a Christian organization who was all into helping single mothers. When I went in this time though it was completely different.

“She started to tell me how lesbians were the number one abuser to women and how I should fear for my child’s life if choosing to stay with her.”

They escorted me to the back and had my husband stay in the front. They brought me into a very small room and asked me if I had planned on keeping the baby. At the time we HAD LITERALLY just found out. I was confused and conflicted (the story surrounding the pregnancy wasn’t ideal) nonetheless I answered that I wasn’t sure. They came closer. The asked if my husband was abusing me and guilting me into giving up the baby. I said if anything he wanted to have the baby and just be there for us both. This answer made my interrogator furious. She started to tell me how lesbians were the number one abuser to women and how I should fear for my child’s life if choosing to stay with her. They also told me that God would not have given me such a gift if it wasn’t meant to be, and going against that would be going against God. It was by far the most terrifying experience I had ever had and all I was looking for were choices. I didn’t have one there. It was horrifying.”

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